Liverpool have made their intentions clear by rejecting Barcelona’s latest bid for Philippe Coutinho.
After seeing offers of £72 million and £90m knocked back by the Reds, Barça submitted a third bid of £118m.
Barcelona offered an initial payment of £82.1m with a further £36.5m in add-ons, according to Paul Joyce of The Times.
But Liverpool are continuing to stand firm, despite Joyce adding that Coutinho has told Jurgen he wishes to leave Anfield.
It remains to be seen whether Barcelona are able to get the deal done in the remaining two weeks of the transfer window but it’s looking more and more likely that the Brazilian will remain a Liverpool player.
Mainly think Liverpool should cash in and it’s easy to see why, considering Klopp could reinvest the money in bolstering his defence.
But if the German feels his squad is good enough to compete for the title then keeping hold of Coutinho is wise.
The £118m would have made Coutinho the second-most expensive player in history following Neymar’s recent £197m move to Paris Saint-Germain.
It’s just another example of the crazy fees currently being offered for players. Ten Premier League clubs have broken their record transfers this summer including the likes of Bournemouth, Brighton and Huddersfield.
Savage tweets after Liverpool reject bid
Former Wales international Robbie Savage responded to the latest Coutinho bid by expressing his disbelief at the fee Barça are prepared to pay for the 25-year-old.
“Wow what was I worth,” Savage joked on Twitter.
Savage knew that he would be mocked, and fans on Twitter didn’t fail to disappoint. Check out the responses below.
Liverpool would reinvest the money
It seems Liverpool are prepared to reject any offer for Coutinho but one man who believes they should sell is Andy Townsend, who suggested the Reds spend the money on Chelsea outcast Diego Costa.
"I would sell Coutinho," Townsend told The Debate, per Sky Sports. "Not because I do not think he is a good player, I think he is a brilliant player, but I think they need one at the back and also a No 9.
"(Roberto) Firmino is a great player, but a fit and capable Daniel Sturridge with a Firmino, fantastic. (Divock) Origi, it is still early days for him, but he is still a little bit short for me.
"But if they go and buy a No 9, and were to go and get Virgil van Dijk as well, I think that is a good trade for Coutinho.
"If Liverpool did do Coutinho [sale] and Chelsea all of a sudden were prepared to sell Diego Costa - they have sold Nemanja Matic to Man Utd - are they a better team with that? Yes."
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